Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Another boat gone down south

Someone sent this to me. I can't find a date on it.

Anyway, Adam and I have ridden this boat a few times, but no more, apparently. The sale doesn't surprise me. It seems ownership of some of these boats turns over pretty fast after the novelty wears off (for the customers as much as anyone else) and it's time for the owners to move on.

But what will we ride now to get on-the-river photo shoots in the Point Pleasant area? Surely someone will fill the void.

Science in the Ohio Valley

The abstract of this scientific study looks interesting, but I'm going to have to buy a new dictionary to understand it. Maybe then it would be worth $39 to buy the actual article. Or maybe not.


On a serious note, if you want to read the results of a study on the link between C8 (perfluorooctanoic acid, a synthetic chemical used since the late 1940s in manufacturing industrial and household products)from a DuPont plant near Parkersburg WV and cancer, check out this one.

From the abstract:

Participants (n=32,254) reported 2,507 validated cancers (21 different cancer types). ... PFOA exposure was associated with kidney and testicular cancer in this population.Because this is largely a survivor cohort, ndings must be interpreted with caution, especially for highly fatal cancers such as pancreatic and lung cancer.


And efforts are underway in Ohio to return the hellbender -- a large salamader -- to its native range in the Ohio Valley, now that the tributary streams it once inhabited are cleaner.